Montreal, September 14th, 2016 – The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of Quebec will welcome on Sunday September 18th at Parc Maisonneuve over 1,000 participants, including families touched by ALS, players from the Montreal Alouettes and ALS researchers for this 16th annual Walk for ALS in Montreal. The Classics music and many entertaining activities for families will punctuate this festive and symbolic day.
|What||Montreal’s 16th Walk for ALS. Make up for children, photo booth and door prizes will be part of the event.|
|When||Sunday September 18th, registration at 9:15, address at 11:00, Walk at 11:15|
|Where||Parc Maisonneuve, entry via the Chalet (4601, Sherbrooke Est St. Montreal)|
|Who||ALS Researchers; Montreal Alouettes and walkers totalling about 1,000 participants.|
10 years of involvement: The Montreal Alouettes Remember Tony Proudfoot
It’s already been 10 years since the Montreal Alouettes have, for the first time, walked for ALS alongside former player Tony Proudfoot, then living with the disease. Since his passing away in 2010, Proudfoot’s legacy still goes on while many members of the team reunite every year in order to tackle ALS at this annual gathering. Every year, many players are there to get involved and support the ALS Society of Quebec’s Tony Proudfoot Fund. Created in 2007, the Fund provides support for families living with ALS and offers, in collaboration with the Montreal Neurological Institute, ALS research fellowships. To this date, over $860,000 has been raised.
Inspired by the families touched by ALS, many renowned ALS researchers will be present, including: Dr Richard Robitaille (University of Montreal), Dr Christine Vande Velde (University of Montreal) and Dr Angela Genge (researcher and neurologist at the Montreal Neurological Institute).
Facts about the Walks for ALS
- The Walks for ALS contribute in raising awareness for ALS and funds to support research and maintain quality services offered to people living with ALS and their families all across the province;
- 40% of proceeds support cutting-edge research currently taking place in Canada and particularly in Quebec. The complementary sixty percent of proceeds support direct services for people living with ALS at every stage of the disease.
- Since their beginning in 2000, the number of Walks for ALS increased to include 10 Walks across Quebec and 93 across Canada;
- The list of Walks located in Quebec also includes Sherbrooke, Outaouais (Ottawa), Trois-Rivières, Saint-Hyacinthe, Laval, Québec, Rivière-du-Loup, Charlevoix and Lennoxville.
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More commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that attacks the body’s nerve cells, and is usually fatal within five years. As motor neurons are destroyed, persons with ALS lose their ability to walk, speak, swallow, and breathe. They become prisoners within their own bodies. The cause is unknown and there is no effective treatment.
The ALS Society of Quebec is a non-profit community organization which provides programs and services to families touched by ALS during all stages of the disease. Promoting, subsidizing, and advancing research on the causes, treatment, and cure of ALS are also integral parts of the mission of the Society, which survives on donations and on proceeds from various fundraising events.
For more information or to make a donation: als-quebec.ca.
Downloadable high resolution pictures from the 2015 Walk for ALS in Montreal are also available: https://www.flickr.com/photos/slaquebec/sets/72157658852079196
Claudine Cook, Executive Director, 514 285-0540 (mobile), firstname.lastname@example.org (will be present on-site)
Roxanne Goulet, Communication and Social Media, 514 475-6294 (mobile), email@example.com (will be present on site)
Availabilities for interviews
Members of the organizing committee, researchers and families are available for interviews. Please communicate with Roxanne Goulet, Communication and social media coordinator at 1 877 725-7725 ext.113 (office), 514 475-6294 (mobile) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org